COMMENTARY | Ronda Rousey is one of the greatest MMA fighters in the world.
After successfully defending her UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship against Sara McMann on February 22, 2014, Rousey raised her career MMA record to 9-0. Rousey is also an Olympic medalist as well as a reality TV star. With only one of her nine career MMA fights even advancing past the first round, fans have to wonder if Ronda Rousey is already looking ahead to a new challenge.
There is already a precedent for professional wrestlers and MMA fighters intermingling the two different career paths. Wrestlers such as Batista and Bobby Lashley have entered MMA and MMA fighters such as King Mo and Tito Ortiz have entered professional wrestling. Of course, the greatest example of someone reaching the height of success in both fields is Brock Lesnar.
As long as she is successful in MMA, I’m not suggesting that Ronda Rousey quit her day job. In a perfect world, UFC president Dana White and a pro wrestling executive such as Vince McMahon or Dixie Carter could come to an agreement that would allow Rousey to be involved in a major, but part-time, storyline or pay-per-view. The thought of Rousey serving as a referee or perhaps participating in a mixed tag team match would mean dollar signs for a promoter. Admittedly, I can’t imagine Dana White agreeing to such an arrangement.
A more likely scenario would be for Rousey to become a full-time wrestler once her MMA career is over. Although Rousey is only 27 years old, MMA fighters have much shorter careers than pro wrestlers do. In fact, popular wrestlers often continue in the business well into their fifties. Rousey could have an outstanding and lengthy wrestling career even if she didn’t enter the business until she reached her early thirties.
However, you never know when Ronda Rousey may be ready for another challenge. Although she is the most dominant female MMA fighter in the world, I have to wonder if Rousey is getting bored beating most of her MMA opponents in under a minute. Many great athletes, such as Ryne Sandberg, Michael Jordan, and Barry Sanders, walked away from their respective sports in their primes.
For years, fans have complained that female wrestling doesn’t get the attention it deserves from the bookers and the creative team. Thanks to legends such as The Fabulous Moolah, Lita, Trish Stratus, Awesome Kong, Victoria, and Gail Kim, fans know that female wrestlers are capable of delivering great matches and developing meaningful storylines. Ronda Rousey could literally save female wrestling in this era.
For the “haters” who’d say there is nothing challenging about an accomplished MMA fighter succeeding in “fake” wrestling, I would strongly disagree. Being a great wrestler is not easy, as you must walk a fine line between making the action look as realistic as possible, while not killing your opponent. Professional wrestling is truly an art form that Ronda Rousey may someday attempt to master.
I personally feel that Ronda Rousey would be an incredible wrestler. We all know Rousey is an outstanding MMA fighter, so she would have no legitimacy concerns. Also, like Brock Lesnar, she has a menacing, intense look that makes you think she really wants to destroy her opponent. Rousey has even mastered the necessary art of delivering an effective promo.
Of course, it’s her choice, but I believe that Ronda Rousey would be an outstanding pro wrestler and she should seriously consider entering the business once her MMA career is over.
Patrick Michael lives in New Orleans and has always been a big fan of pro wrestling. Patrick’s favorite wrestling promotion was Mid-South Wrestling back in the 1980s. Patrick’s favorite wrestling angle of all-time was the NWO and his favorite wrestler is Roddy Piper. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.
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